June 24, 2020 - Family Digest

June 24, 2020

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Dear SFUSD Families:

I know you have many questions about the next school year. Please keep reading today’s digest for information about how you can get involved in the planning process, as well as other important updates about free COVID-19 testing and a thermometer giveaway event.


Virtual Town Halls - Give Input on Fall Learning Plans

Our community is working together to shape what fall learning will look like for SFUSD students. We would like your input. We also know you have questions, and we'll do our best to answer them.

Town Halls for families, students, staff and community partners will be held throughout the week of July 6th. See schedule here

All you need to join is a device (phone or computer) with internet access. Meetings will be hosted on YouTube Live and participants will be able to share input and questions through ThoughtExchange. Visit sfusd.edu/townhalls for more information. 

Free Thermometer Give-Away June 29 for SFUSD Families to Help Track Health Symptoms

SFUSD, in partnership with Kinsa Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF), is giving away free thermometers. Health symptoms can be tracked on a smartphone app connected to the thermometers.

Thermometers will be distributed to families during the Free Meal Distribution at 19 school sites at a one-day event on Monday, June 29. One thermometer will be given to each household. Support will be available at the time of pick up for downloading and using the Kinsa Health app.

Free COVID-19 Testing 

Do you have symptoms? Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days? You can get tested for free. You do not need insurance. See locations and register here for free testing.

Still Seeking a School Assignment? Fall 2020 School Enrollment Options

Waiting Pool for School Year 2020-21

Open Enrollment Begins at 8:00 am on July 6, 2020

Open Enrollment is a first-come, first-serve process where students can enroll immediately into a school. This process is ONLY available for schools with open seats and zero Wait Pool requests.

Due to COVID-19, in-person enrollment is not possible. Parents enroll by completing an online Open Enrollment Form using a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The form will be posted here, so please check back on July 6.

If you cannot get online, you can get help with completing the form by calling the Educational Placement Center at 415-241-6085 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on July 6, 7, and 8. Staff will help you complete the form over the phone.

If you need an enrollment counseling appointment, sign up here.

Pick up a new Grab & Go card to get meals faster! Image removed.

At meal sites, provide the number of bags you’d like and each child's date of birth (or school and age/grade), and receive a card that will give you faster service each time you visit the site. This card is optional to help serve you faster. It is not required. Find meal sites at sfusd.edu/schoolfood.

P-EBT Deadline Extended: Apply for up to $365 for food by July 15

Families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can receive a P-EBT card with up to $365 for each eligible child to purchase groceries. Complete the online application by July 15, 2020. 

If you have already applied online, please note that applications will continue to be processed through the end of July. You may not receive your P-EBT card until the end of July. There is no need to reapply. If you would like to check on the status of your application, please fill out the form at inquiry.pebt.dss.ca.gov

Summer Safety Tips for Children

Talk about these Do's and Don'ts with your young child on ways to stay safe and healthy this summer.


  • Get lots of sleep.
  • Drink water and eat fruit and vegetables.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Limit screen time to 2 hours or less.
  • Move around and get active for at least 60 minutes a day. 
  • Keep in touch with family and friends.
  • When you go outside, stay six feet apart. Everyone over two years old should wear a face covering (English).


  • Use knives or other sharp tools without an adult’s help.
  • Go near poisons or fire or guns.
  • Cross the street without an adult’s help.


Graduating or moving on from SFUSD? Return SFUSD property on Thursday, July 23

Graduating seniors and students who are leaving SFUSD and not enrolling in an SFUSD school in August 2020 must return SFUSD property before the end of summer, including borrowed technology, textbooks, and musical instruments.

Thursday, July 23 SFUSD will open a variety of school sites and central office to process returns. Locations and times will be confirmed at a later date. 

SFUSD Family Resource Link available throughout the summer

  • Go to familylink.sfusd.edu to complete an online request form.
  • Email request to familylink@sfusd.edu.
  • Call 415-340-1716. Hours of operation for the phone are Monday through Friday from 9 am - 1 pm. Callers can leave a voicemail at all hours.

Food Resources Available All Summer

Other Helpful Resources

Health and Wellness

Don’t forget about these Health & Wellness resources:

  • HealSF has a helpful list of mental health resources for parents/ caregivers including:
    • TALK LINE: 415-441-KIDS (5437)
    • National Parent Helpline: 1-855-427-2736: Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm PDT (Monday - Friday)
  • The School Health Programs Resource Guide provides a list of resources available from our city and community based organization partners around academics, health, employment, childcare and more.

Go to https://www.dcyf.org/care for information on citywide summer camps, programs and childcare.

Bright Spot

There was a gift bag giveaway yesterday and today for SFUSD's 310 African American graduates! Bags included a Kente Cloth, gift cards, T-shirts and more. A big thanks to the African American Art & Cultural Complex, SF Alliance of Black School Educators, Coleman Advocates, AAPAC, and others for celebrating the class of 2020.

Warm regards,
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews